REVIEW: Everything is good about “Everything Goes”

Oct. 19, 2013 @ 08:37 AM

“Everything Goes: By Sea” by Brian Biggs
(Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins, hardcover, $14.99)

“Everything Goes” author and illustrator Brian Biggs will be the special guest at preschool storytime at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24 at Flyleaf Books, 725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.

Brian Biggs’ series of children’s books, “Everything Goes,” really do have everything a kid could look for in a book. The latest, “Everything Goes: By Sea” is no exception.
Henry and his family take a ferry, and along the way they see, well, everything that goes by sea. House boats. An aircraft carrier. A man in a bathtub. And everything in between. There are some real explanations in the book for ages 4 to 8, giving kids the basics on how and why water transport is used. The word bubbles are funny, like a fisherman taking a bird’s hat, and the larger word boxes share factual information in an interesting way.
If pages full of detailed, colorful illustrations remind parents of their favorite books as kids by Richard Scarry, you should know that Biggs was a fan as a kid, too. The illustrations are different than Scarry’s, and they have people, not animals, but the concept of giving readers something good in every nook and cranny of the page remains.
There’s everything to like about “Everything Goes: By Sea,” Bigg’s third and final picture book after “Everything Goes: On Land” and “Everything Goes: In the Air.” Adults won’t mind reading it again and again and again, because there is something new to see on every page. Another option for children learning to read are Biggs’ three “I Can Read” books. Kids can see transportation another way through Henry in “Everything Goes: Henry in a Jam,” “Everything Goes: Henry Goes Skating” and “Everything Goes: Henry on Wheels.”
This reviewer tested the book on 5 year-old reviewer junior, and asked what he liked best about the book. “Everything,” he said. That pretty much sums it up. Everything is good about “Everything Goes.” With the holidays coming up, it would be a great gift, too. And for kids who want more of everything, there are coloring pages you can print out from the website,